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Jelena Krilova, REALTOR®

6000 Parkland Blvd, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
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Jelena began her real estate career in 2004, always focusing on opportunities to advance her professional education to better service her buyers and sellers. Jelena holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance from Cleveland State University. A prestigious Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification, Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) designation, Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation, Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification, Professional Property Stager REA (PPS) certification, and a Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR®) designation in addition to dozens of no-name negotiation courses and seminars. Jelena believes one never stops learning and is active in two private coaching programs.

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Amanda Pohlman

32875 Solon Rd Ste 100, Solon, OH 44139
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Realtor Amanda Pohlman manages her own team of real estate agents with Keller Williams Realty, which serves the greater Cleveland, Ohio, area. Her expertise in standard financing options, relocation services, HUD and FHA loans, and short sales enables her to help clients throughout the buying and selling process. Her focus is on single-family homes, condos, townhouses, newly constructed homes, and investment properties. She provides full-cycle services that include everything from home evaluations to marketing to closings.

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Craig Cantrall

25550 Letchworth Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122
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Craig Cantrall is a Realtor, broker, and owner of Chestnut Hill Realty located in Bratenahl, Ohio, and serves the entire Cleveland, Ohio, area. He founded his real estate agency in 1996 and manages a half dozen agents. Craig assists clients in buying or selling luxury homes and condos in some of the most upscale neighborhoods in the area, including Westlake, Hunting Valley, Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, and Rocky River. He has experience in relocation services, foreclosures, and short sales.

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Damien Baden

7645 Harley Hills Drive, North Royalton, OH 44133
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Damien Baden assists clients in matters of real estate near Parma. The global luxury agent from Coldwell Banker Schmidt serves clients who are looking to buy or sell homes by equipping them with educational information that will help them make decisions. Striving to remain passionate about the community he lives and works in, he specializes in luxury homes and new construction real estate. Damien extends his services to clients looking into Bay Village, Ohio City, Independence, and Columbia Station.

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Katy Dix Brahler

25021 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake, OH 44145
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Katy Dix Brahler is a RE/MAX agent in Westlake, Ohio, with more than two decades of experience negotiating purchase contracts for buyers and marketing listings for sellers. She specializes in single-family homes, condos, and land in the west and east side of Cleveland, Akron, and Kent. By staying current on local market prices and the area's schools, Katy believes families looking to relocate have all the necessary information to make a good decision.

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Michael Roberts

29225 Chagrin Blvd Ste 300, Beachwood, OH 44122
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Michael Roberts is a real estate consultant at Keller Williams Realty, a real estate company in Pepper Pike, Ohio, serving the greater Cleveland real estate area. He provides guidance regarding buying and selling homes, as well as real estate investments. With 10 years in the hospitality industry, Mr. Roberts' communication skills are excellent, and he pays attention to detail. In the five years after becoming licensed, Mr. Roberts sold more than 300 homes worth a total of more than $55 million.

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Mike Ferrante

31005 Bainbridge Rd Ste 5, Solon, OH 44139
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Mike Ferrante is a Broker and leader of the 21 Mike Team in Solon, Ohio. Ferrante and his team serve buyers and sellers in all of Northeast Ohio. The 21 Mike Team is #2 in the entire US for Century 21 for a number of sales ranging from luxury homes to investment properties.

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Monica Graham

34555 Chargrin Boulevard, Moreland Hills, OH 44022
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Monica Graham is Realtor in the Cleveland, Ohio, area with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. A lifelong Clevelander, Ms. Graham has worked with residential buyers and sellers for over 25 years. Her markets in Cuyahoga County include real estate of all sizes and styles, from historic homes in downtown areas to new construction in suburban neighborhoods. Ms. Graham has gained industry knowledge by pursuing continuing education to become certified as an expert in relocation, distressed properties, and luxury homes.

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On Target Realty

20020 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH 44116
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Rocky River-based realty company On Target Realty has been partnering with residents in and around Cleveland in maximizing their real estate opportunities since 1989. Its agents guide their client base throughout the entire transaction—from inspection, appraisal, and until the closing of the deal. They are also attentive to the clients' preferences in selecting their "forever home" from a repertoire of single- and multi-family residences and condos. Also included in On Target Realty's offerings are lots and rentals.

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Pete Formica

20545 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, OH 44116
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Pete Formica is a realtor serving the Cleveland metro. As a lifelong learner and businessman, Pete provides timely information to clients to help them make decisions. He assists buyers and sellers in the real estate process and provides them with insights from over 20 years of industry experience. Pete is the lead agent of the Safe Harbor Team and a coach for MAPS Coaching. The Safe Harbor Team gives back to the community by supporting KW Cares.

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Progressive Urban Real Estate, Inc.

4001 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
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Progressive Urban Real Estate, Inc., helps individuals in Cleveland with their home buying and selling needs. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, it specializes in promoting clients' properties, facilitating negotiations with interested buyers, and settling transactions. It also caters to individuals looking for townhomes, single-family, condominiums, mobile homes, farms, and commercial properties. One of its team members, Michele Anderson, is a historic house specialist who has been working at the company since 1986.

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Realty Done by Damien Baden

North Roylaton, OH 44133
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Damien Baden assists clients in matters of real estate within a 20 mile radius of North Royalton . Once a global luxury agent from Coldwell Banker Schmidt, Damien is now with eXp Realty and serves clients who are looking to buy or sell homes by equipping them with educational information that will help them make decisions. Striving to remain passionate about the community he lives and works in, he specializes in luxury homes and new construction real estate. Damien extends his services to clients looking into Avon, Ohio City, Independence, and Bath.

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Rick Tannenbaum

29225 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122
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Realtor Rick Tannenbaum has been a licensed real estate consultant with Keller Williams Realty since 2007. He negotiates purchase agreements for buyers and sellers of residential real estate in Cleveland, Ohio, focusing on the east-side suburbs and downtown condominiums. Rick has a CDPE designation, which he believes benefits his clients by helping attain successful short sales in a shorter time frame than average. Client reviews recommend Rick for his knowledge and helpfulness.

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Robert Gallmann

33610 Solon Rd, Solon, OH 44139
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Robert Gallmann is an agent and co-owner at Haven Realty with RE/MAX in Solon, Ohio. In addition to representing buyers and sellers throughout the Cleveland, Ohio, metro area, Robert specializes in foreclosures and relocation. Robert Gallmann and his team of agents have more than 72 years of combined experience negotiating purchase contracts for buyers and using the latest marketing technology to ensure properties reach the largest audience possible to obtain the highest selling price in the shortest timeframe.

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Sylvia Incorvaia

18318 Pearl Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136
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Sylvia Incorvaia is a full-time Realtor with The Incorvaia Team, which is aligned with Keller Williams Realty and located in Strongsville, Ohio. Her areas of focus include listing homes, relocation, foreclosure, and first-time home buyers. She utilizes the latest technologies, market research, business strategies, and connections to over 135,000 agents to market properties in the Greater Cleveland area. She has won numerous awards including the Top Producing Agent in Strongsville since 2005.

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The Next Step Group

4766 Broadview Rd, Cleveland, OH 44109
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An affiliate of Keller Williams Citywide, The Next Step Group is a firm of real estate agents who work with both buyers and sellers in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. With the goal of simplifying the process, its team of bilingual agents is trained to respond to different real estate needs such as property listing, purchasing, investing, and notary. In a span of six years, The Next Step Group has sold over $19 million volumes and served over 150 families in the year 2020.

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Tom Garuccio

543 Kenilworth Rd, Bay Village, OH 44140
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Realtor Tom Garuccio heads his own real estate company and facilitates in representing Cleveland's buyers and sellers in residential real estate. The owner, Tom, focuses on home properties and uses techniques to market houses as a professional real estate photographer and videographer. One of his ways of helping his clients in upselling their properties is through his use of photography and videography skills, which contributes to his company's professional service. Tom Garuccio is a certified luxury home market specialist.

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Tracy Marx

9485 W Sprague Rd, North Royalton, OH 44133
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Tracy Marx is a real estate agent who serves individuals in the Cleveland metro and nearby areas. She helps property buyers prepare purchase agreements and process legal documents. She also assists sellers in marketing their properties by posting them on social media and websites. Marx has been a part of Howard Hanna for over 15 years. She is a certified new home specialist and a residential relocation specialist. She has been a mega-million dollar producer since 2003.

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Triv Team

32875 Solon Rd Ste 100, Solon, OH 44139
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Triv Team is a company that caters to clients in the Cleveland area. It manages real estate transactions and offers assistance to home buyers and sellers. Its website includes a listing platform that contains information on different property types, including single-family homes, townhouses, and condominiums. The company uses various tools for marketing its clients' properties, like photo flyers, brochure boxes, and "For Sale" signs. Triv Team has been featured in Cleveland Magazine. Its agents have handled more than $200 million in home sales.

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Westway Realty

15808 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111
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Westway Realty is a real estate company that has been serving the greater Cleveland area since 1952. Its agents help buyers find available properties nearby, and it helps sellers price their properties according to market conditions. Its website also allows clients to search property foreclosures within the local area, with filters that clients can use to specify things like the number of bathrooms and bedrooms in the property. Drew Vaneck, one of the company's agents, has over 40 years of real estate industry experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Real estate agents help property owners and clients who want to buy real property realize their goals. They offer services, guidance, oversight, and expertise regarding the legalities of real estate transactions.

Some common real estate agent tasks and services include listing homes, showing properties to prospective buyers, holding open houses, and negotiating property sales prices. Agents also find homes available for sale that meet their clients’ needs and desires. They explain the sales conditions and draw up transactional contracts.

Agents work with mortgage lenders, property appraisers, home inspectors, and other professionals in the field. Real estate agents can act as a liaison for their clients, explaining complicated legal processes while acting in their best interests; it may be getting the best price for a homeowner who’s selling or negotiating a lower sales price for a buyer. 

Are all real estate agents Realtors?

No. All real estate agents are not Realtors. Realtors are members of the National Association of Realtors. This membership allows these professionals to use this trademarked designation. But membership is not required to provide real estate services. Therefore, real estate agents who haven’t joined a NAR trade association are not Realtors.

How do real estate agents get paid?

Real estate agents are paid when they make a sale. Sales pay on a commission basis. Brokers and the agents who buy and sell properties receive a percentage of the total sales price. The brokers collect the commissions from the sales funds, then pay their agents a set percentage established by contract agreements.

What is a fair commission for a real estate agent?

The typical rate for residential sales is 5% to 6%. For example, a 6% commission on a house that sells for $400,000 is $24,000. Commercial property sales may pay up to 10% on commission. However, the agents split the total commission with the listing broker and the purchasing broker.

How do you pick a real estate agent?

Homeowners who want to sell their homes with the help of a real estate professional choose selling agents, also called listing agents. Aspiring home purchasers use the services of a buyer’s real estate agent. Some real estate agents work for both buyers and sellers, but they usually only represent one or the other at a time. The exception occurs in states that allow dual agency. This arrangement is not recommended.

Get referrals for a buyer’s or listing agent from friends, family, and coworkers, and do some online research. Then, interview agents at different real estate agencies before deciding. Ask about their experience, workload, specialties, commission rate, and marketing approach.

Do buyers pay commission to the real estate agent?

The commission that compensates real estate agents for their services is paid out of the final sales price. It’s the seller who delivers the funds in the end. Since those funds come from the money that the purchaser provides to acquire the home, it could be argued that ultimately, it’s the buyer that pays.

Can a felon become a real estate agent?

The laws and regulations that govern the real estate profession vary from state to state. So, while a felony may prevent someone from obtaining a real estate license in Arizona, an aspiring agent in Florida with a felony on their record is far more likely to get one. Many states allow real estate licensing for people with felonies on a case-by-case basis if the circumstances meet specific guidelines.

Can a real estate agent work without a broker?

Real estate agents may not work independently with homeowners and buyers to list, sell, or purchase homes. A real estate broker must provide oversight. But agents may become brokers after completing special training and/or academic courses and meeting state-specific broker licensing requirements. Though agents may need to work under a broker’s firm for a set period first.

Is it required to hire a real estate agent to sell a property?

In all 50 states and the District of Colombia, property owners may sell their real property without contracting with a real estate agent. These are “For Sale by Owner” arrangements. But many FSBOs eventually turn to an agent to sell their home or commercial property due to the legal complexities of real estate transactions.

How much do real estate agents make?

In May 2021, the average annual income for a U.S. real estate agent had reached $90,687. Agents working in markets with houses that sell for prices far higher than the national average may earn more. On the other hand, lower markets may generate smaller incomes. Sales frequency and commission rates and splits also impact earnings.

How do you become a real estate agent?

Real estate licensing requirements are state specific. But aspiring agents must attend classes to meet their state’s educational requirements. After completing their courses, they must pass an exam that tests both state and federal knowledge of real estate laws and regulations. They also need to find a broker to work under and pay various fees to gain a state license to practice real estate. 

How long does it take to become a real estate agent?

It’s possible to complete self-paced online real estate courses, take the exam, and receive a real estate license in as little as two to three months. But four to six months is a more realistic time frame. At a slower pace, the process typically takes no longer than a year.

How much do real estate agents make per sale?

That depends on many factors, including the commission rate, the agent's split with their broker, and the home's sales price. For example, the average sales price of a new house in the U.S. hit $408,800 in 2021. With a 6% sales commission, that equals $24,528. After splitting that with the listing agency and the sales agent’s broker, the agent may earn about $6,000 to $7,000 on that single sale. Pricier homes earn greater commissions.

How much money do the top earning real estate agents in the world make?

In the U.S., top earners make an average of about $80,000 to $112,000 annually in real estate markets in Alaska, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. For international agents in the U.S., the average annual real estate agent income is $77,264. Higher earners make nearly $140,000 each year. Some rare “star” agents earn half a million or more annually.

How many hours does the average real estate agent work per week?

Successful real estate agents put in full work weeks. A 40-hour commitment is typically necessary. Those hours are likely to include evenings and weekends. Most agents continue working those hours throughout their careers. They split their work hours between office hours, travel time, and time spent advertising and marketing, generating leads, and showing properties.

What are the best tools and technology for real estate agents to use?

Technology and tech tools are a huge part of a real estate agent’s profession. Customer relationship management tools are essential for quality customer service that attracts repeat and referral businesses. Other helpful tech tools include marketing apps, virtual 3D tours, and technology that assists with lead generation, transaction management, bookkeeping, and accounting. Even graphic design technology can be helpful, allowing clients to visualize their new homes.

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